Sermons by Dr. Bruce Epperly (Page 2)

Palm Sunday – Life on a Roller Coaster

Matthew 21:1-11 It was a week like none other.  When they marched into Jerusalem, to fanfare and adulation, for a moment the disciples’ concerns were relieved.  “Look at the crowds.  Hear the Hallelujahs.  Our fears were unfounded. Nothing could possibly go wrong. Everything’s gonna be alright.”  But in less than twenty-four hours their leader is […]

Beyond Tragedy

John 11:1-6, 17-44 We are now entering the twilight zone.  We are now entering the world of the walking dead, the realm of zombies, spirits, ghosts, and near-death experiences. The world of the paranormal that lies beyond the rational mind and human control. (Of course, in this time of pandemic, we already feel as if we are […]

When Bad Things Happen…Where’s God?

John 9:1-7 Do you know what a theologian is?   Did you know that everyone here is a theologian? A theologian is someone who asks questions about the way things are in the world.   You know some of those questions – you’ve asked them yourself…Why was I born a boy and not a girl? Or a […]

Transforming Sin into Grace

Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7; Matthew 4:1-11 Our Tuesday Bible Study has moved slowly but surely through the letters of Paul, the prophetic writings, and now the gospel of John.  And we spent a whole year on Genesis and Exodus. One Tuesday at the Bible study, the story of Adam and Eve was the theme.  After listening […]

Choosing Life

Deuteronony 30:15-20, Matthew 5:43-48 It has been said that good preaching involves having a copy of the New York Times in one hand and the Bible in the other.  These days we might add CNN, MSNBC, FOX, NPR, and PBS!  It’s also been said that preaching needs to mediate the timeless but ever-contemporary word and […]

Putting Yourself in God’s Place (Presentation of Jesus)

What is your sacred space?  Or as some say, what is your happy place? Where is the place where you feel most at home, where you go to contemplate, to find peace, to gain a larger perspective, to hear God’s voice amid all the conflicting voice? For some, it’s a well-known place like Sedona, Arizona; […]

When God Calls

I Samuel 3:1-10 Matthew 4:12-23 What would you do if God spoke to you?  Well, the Bible says that God speaks to people all the time, and sometimes God speaks to children. Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night?  You hear a strange noise and you’re wide awake. That’s what happened […]

We Have Every Spiritual Gift

I Corinthians 1:1-9 When his letter arrived, Christian community at Corinth must have been surprised by Paul’s opening words.  “I am grateful for God’s work in your lives, God will keep you steadfast, you have every gift you need.”  Some must have thought, he’s being ironic or he’s got to be kidding.  The Corinthian church […]

Epiphany – home by another way

Isaiah 60:1-6 and Matthew 2:1-12 I feel a kinship with the Persian Magi who visited Jesus.  Not just because I would be categorized as a type of Magi today, a scholar, teacher, and spiritual leader, but because every morning around 4:30 a.m. right after I wake up I go out into my backyard and stargaze.  […]

Christmas with the Grinch

Virtually everyone loves Christmas stories.  When I was a child, every year we saw Charles Dickens’ “Christmas Carol.”  You know, the story of a man who was mean and greedy, and who thought the only important thing in life was money, until he was confronted by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, and […]